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Mikan no taikyoku (1982)

 |  Drama  |  20 April 1984 (USA)
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Ten years before the outbreak of the Second World War in Asia, a Japanese Go master and his Chinese rival meet in China to play a game of Go (loosely described as an Asian version of chess)... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Rentarô Mikuni ...
Rinsaku Matsunami
Misako Konno ...
Nobuko Otowa
Hideji Ôtaki
Yoshiko Mita
Tsukasa Itô
Jun'ichi Ishida ...
(as Junichi Ishida)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peng Du ...
Guan Xiaochuan
Zongying Huang ...
Kuang Yuanzhi
Danping Shen ...
Xiong Ahui
Guanchu Shen ...
Kuang Aming
Daolin Sun ...
Kuang Yishan
Shaokang Yu ...
Dr. Zhang
Lei Zhang ...
Xiao Ahui


Ten years before the outbreak of the Second World War in Asia, a Japanese Go master and his Chinese rival meet in China to play a game of Go (loosely described as an Asian version of chess). It soon becomes evident that the Chinese master's son is the most talented player that the Japanese master has ever encountered, and he convinces the boy's father to let him bring the child back to Japan to train him as a professional Go player. Years pass, and as the young Chinese master grows to maturity in Japan, the Japanese invasion of China forces him to choose between his triumphant career and his loyalty to his native country. His decision is complicated by his marriage to the daughter of the Japanese master, with whom he has produced a child. His choice will profoundly alter the lives of two families. Their saga serves as a reflection of the tragic relations between their two great countries, and the possibility of reconciliation and healing. Written by Simon Levy <>

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Why Isn't This Movie on DVD?
17 August 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in the mid-1980's at a small theater in Los Angeles. I agree it's one of the best, and most moving, foreign films I've ever seen. I've been looking for it for years on video tape and have never found it. This is definitely a film that deserves The Criterion Collection treatment. Though it is a foreign film, about a strategy board game and two competitors (one Japanese and one Chinese) and about how World War II interupts their friendship, it's themes and emotions are universal, transcending any language barrier. Beautifully made motion picture.

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